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Event Overview

Taking place August 4-6, 2020, GDC Summer is the first-ever all-digital Game Developers Conference.

The conference program will feature multidisciplinary educational and inspirational talks, high-quality technical content, and a new series of career development sessions. The GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase will host leading companies in game development ready to provide solutions to your business challenges and build the partnerships that will drive the industry forward.

Check out the event schedule and GDC Summer programs defined below for more details, or visit the event resources page to get an idea of how the event will work.

Event Schedule

With sessions, entertainment, and networking scheduled from early morning through the evening, GDC Summer will bring learning and business opportunities to attendees wherever they are in the world.

All Day Features

Customer Service

Sponsor Showcase

Indie Showcase

University Showcase

Community Art Gallery

Relaxation Live Feed

Gamasutra Job Board

Community Channel Special Events

Meetings & Networking

GDC Store

Scheduled Features

6:00 am – 7:00 am PT

Wake-up/Wrap-up with GDC

7:00 am – 7:00 pm PT

Conference Sessions

Interactive Sessions

Sponsored Sessions

Community Channel Sessions

Student Channel Sessions*

GDC Pitch

Daily GDC Summer Puzzle Challenge

GDC Podcast Live! hosted by Gamasutra

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT

GDC After Hours

*Student Channel programming will only take place on Thursday, August 6.

GDC Summer Programs Defined

To help better navigate the event, check out some key GDC Summer program definitions and learn more about GDC Summer conference topics.

Conference Content

SessionsPresentations broadcast for the first time, delivered by a single speaker or panel/microtalk with live speaker Q&A during the presentation.
Sponsored SessionHear from leading game technology companies firsthand about the latest products, tools, services, and techniques.
Student ChannelLearn from industry experts and professionals to help jump start your career through lectures, interactive sessions, and small-group discussion.
Community Channel SessionsTaking place on the Community Channel and available to all pass holders, community channel sessions will address topics ranging from diversity to accessibility to quality of life within the realm of social advocacy in the game industry.

 

Interactive Sessions

Ask Me Anything (AMAs)Live, interactive 30-minute sessions featuring industry experts answering questions related to specific game development topics.
Skill-Building Series45-minute instructional presentations from expert instructors (live and first-run) as they take attendees through an exemplary project and review the tools and techniques used to create the work.
Roundtable

45-minute live and interactive peer-to-peer discussions on open ended topics, facilitated by moderators who keep the flow of discussion inspired + moving. Constructive controversy + debate are welcome.

Note: Roundtables have a capacity of 50 participants. Adding to your schedule in the event platform doesn’t guarantee a seat. The session is first come, first serve.

 

Networking

Meetings & NetworkingWith search, filtering, and AI-driven matchmaking, GDC Summer gives attendees access to identify, contact, and request and receive meetings with fellow attendees and sponsors via chat or video meeting.
Mentoring & Portfolio ReviewsFind and connect with a seasoned game development professional at GDC Summer to gain invaluable guidance or a portfolio review via chat or video meeting. Simply use the filter options in the networking tool to identify willing professionals in your discipline, or those seeking mentoring.

 

Showcase Features

Sponsor ShowcaseExpand your network and join leading companies in game development ready to provide solutions to your business challenges. Dedicated sponsor pages and meetings are available during all event hours, with a dedicated block of time from 11am – 3pm PT.
Indie ShowcaseLearn about innovative projects from emerging and independent developers and meet the people who created them. Visit the studio’s dedicated pages and don’t miss their game demo sessions!
University ShowcaseMeet with colleges and universities featuring some of the best and brightest students and education programs in the games industry. Learn more about their offerings by visiting their pages and setting up an exploratory meeting.

 

Special Events

Community Channel Special EventsFrom Yoga classes to mixologist tutorials, we’ve programmed three exciting days of experiential events to help fill in the gaps and get you out of your chair (or at least into a more relaxing headspace) so you can keep learning. Learn more.
GDC Summer PuzzlesPlay through the GDC Summer event platform (alone or with a small team) to solve the daily puzzle, gaining in complexity throughout the week. Submit your answers for a chance to win GDC merch each day, or the grand prize of GDC 2021 All Access passes!

Note: completing the puzzles may require some interaction with our sponsors, resulting in your profile information being shared with them.
GDC PitchSelected studios will pitch their games to a panel of investors and publishers followed by questions, advice, and feedback before the judges declare the day's "Best Pitch".
GDC Store Grab your GDC Summer products at the all-digital GDC Store!

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Connecting the Global Game Development Community